We move on from songs really quickly these days. A song will come out of nowhere, take the church by storm, then fade away to be forgotten. As musicians, we move past songs much faster than our congregations do. Usually, by the time they feel like they know it well enough to really sing it, we will introduce something brand new to them.
Here are four songs that, at one time, were the new songs we loved, but maybe we have moved past these. Consider bringing one of these back soon, using the LifeWayWorship.com arrangement of course.
This Miriam Webster song is covered with references from Psalms. It has a beautiful melody, is very singable, and puts a powerful declaration of worship into the mouths of our congregation.
“He has made me glad, and I’ll say of the Lord, you are my shield, my strength, my portion, deliverer, my shelter, strong tower, my very present help in time of need.”
We need to be singing songs that teach and this one from Matt and Beth Redman really does. Taking a powerful quote from Job and expanding on his story from the Bible, this song helps our people confront the realities of life with the response of worship.
“You give and take away, my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name.”
Quoting scripture in a lyric is always a great idea and, in this song, Brenton Brown and Ken Riley do just that. The basic idea comes from Isaiah 40, but more references than that are in this song. It has a chorus that people love to sing. This is one of my all-time favorites to lead.
“You are the everlasting God. You do not sleep, you won’t grow weary…”
Billy and Cindy Foote gave us this song that in the modern age, contains a very important message the Church needs to be singing. Jesus is not a God among other Gods – He is God alone.
“You are God alone, from before time began, you are on your throne, you are God alone.”
I could have listed five more. The main point is this: don’t let songs your church loves to sing — that have strong biblical messages — get away. Bring them back, over and over again. They will become more and more meaningful as the church keeps singing them.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.